LOMA LINDA, Calif. --- Adventists are reportedly thrilled at being able to buy wine locally, by taking advantage of the acceptability of surgical masks while shopping.
A Loma Linda liquor store clerk said, "It's 85 degrees out and a customer you've never seen before comes into the store with an oversize mask, sunglasses and a hoodie pulled low around their face, and quickly selects a case of mixed reds and whites, then pays in cash—and on a Friday—well, you know it's one of them."
A customer acknowledged that, "Yeah, usually we have to drive a few cities away. Now we can just go down to the local grocery store wine department, and if you keep your face covered no one knows."
Wine sales have spiked in the Inland Empire, the Baltimore-Washington corridor, Chattanooga, Walla Walla and pretty much anywhere in Orlando near a hospital. The Angwin community has been unaffected, since they've never bothered to go out of town.